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Open Web Foundation Launches to Push Data Portability

A new nonprofit organization called the Open Web Foundation (OWF) launched today with a mission to be an independent non-profit dedicated to the development and protection of open, non-proprietary specifications for web technologies. “The Open Web needs Open Data, Open Date needs Open Specifications,” is one of the statements used in today’s opening presentation. With backing from some of the biggest companies including Google, MySpace, Facebook, and Yahoo, the foundation plans to serve as a placeholder for “all the legal dirty work that needs to happen in order for data portability to become a reality.”

In terms of the foundation structure, OWF says they will follow the open source model, creating a bit of a hybrid based on organizations that have come before us such as the Apache Software Foundation and OpenID Foundation.

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